Playing in front of a vocal crowd in the home gym of their crosstown rival, the Helias volleyball team needed to get off to a quick start Tuesday night. The Lady Crusaders came out hot from the beginning and rode that start to a 25-11, 25-18 win against the Jefferson City Lady Jays at Fleming Fieldhouse.
The only lead of the night for the Jays came from the first point of the night, a hitting error from the Crusaders. Helias then got back-to-back kills from Erica Haslag before a hitting error by the Lady Jays, and the Lady Crusaders never trailed again.
Lindsey Griggs racked up a match-high 10 kills for Helias, while Haslag added seven. Ashley Dudenhoeffer had 27 assists, nine digs and 10 service points. Blake Berhorst added 11 digs and Haslag had eight service points, including two aces.
Jefferson City (1-4) was led by Mary Vandelicht’s six kills. Maggie Albert had eight assists and Bleidistel had three service points.
“We had some communication problems because this may be one of the loudest crowds I can remember in here,” Lady Crusaders Head Coach David Harris said after the game. “It was really loud and the girls were having a hard time hearing each other. So we had two or three balls fall and a couple times where two hitters were trying to go after the same ball.”